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Sambucus canadensis 'Aurea'

Common Name:
American elder
Plant Type:
Deciduous shrub
Adoxaceae (formerly in Caprifoliaceae)
Geographic Origin:
Eastern United States
California Native?:
Plant Size:
To 8 feet
Landscape/Garden Uses:
Foundation plantings
Flowering Season:
Flower Color:
Sun or light shade
Most soils
Suggested Irrigation:
Moderate watering
Estimated Hardiness:
Hardy to 0 degrees F. or less
The elderberries are a group of shrubs and small trees in the honeysuckle family, never well known in California, though we have some beautiful native species. Sambucus canadensis 'Aurea' can make a very ornamental thicket from suckering stems. Leaves are brilliant yellow when new and shift to lime-green in color as they age. Broad clusters of tiny white flowers appear in late spring and early summer. Sun to part shade, regular to moderate watering.